Fraternity and Sorority Life at Saint Louis University
While most university students' lives revolve around the classroom and the library, involvement in campus activities also forms some of the most meaningful memories of the college experience. The Student Involvement SLU Fair on August 27th will showcase more than 200 clubs and organizations you can join, including SLU's 19 active fraternities and sororities. You'll have until the first week of September to decide if you want to rush, so here's a little more information to help you make that decision.
How do SLU's Sororities and Fraternities Work?
Fraternities and sororities have been part of campus life at Saint Louis University since the early 1900's. They focus on brotherhood and sisterhood, service to the community, leadership and friendship. About 19% of Saint Louis University undergraduate students are members of a fraternity or sorority chapter.
Membership in fraternities and sororities at Saint Louis University has grown rapidly in the past few years, but the focus on academics remains constant. During the 2013/2014 academic year the all-fraternity/sorority GPA exceeded the all-undergraduate GPA for Saint Louis University.
All of SLU's fraternity and sorority chapters participate in some form of community service or philanthropy and last year raised $116,398 for local St. Louis area and national non-profit charities, including the Children's Miracle Network, The American Cancer Society, the Ronald McDonald's House and many others.
All of SLU's fraternities and sororities offer opportunities to develop leadership skills and help you build connections both within and outside the chapters. More than half of SLU Greek organization members are actively involved in something other than their own chapter within the University and local St. Louis community. They hold leadership roles in clubs, student government, service and philanthropic organizations, and local service agencies. Nearly a third of the members of student government at Saint Louis University are in a fraternity or sorority and 1 out of every 4 Resident Assistants at Saint Louis University are in a fraternity or sorority.
College Rush Week Tips
- Go into the rush process with the understanding that fraternities and sororities are a major time commitment, particularly for freshmen new to college life. Campus life at SLU does not revolve around Greek life and many students choos to prioritize their involvement in the many other on-campus activities.
- Learn about the member dues for organizations that interest you, particularly if you're worried that joining a sorority or fraternity will be too expensive. Upperclassmen can explain how much dues are and what the money goes toward.
- Sororities and fraternities look at potential new members' grade point averages from high school during the recruitment process. Grades are important after recruitment as well, as students are expected to maintain a certain college GPA to remain in good standing.
- Keep an open mind during recruitment. Consider all your options and don't set your heart on one specific sorority or fraternity. There can be a fit for everyone in Greek life, supporters say, and preconceived notions can lead to unrealistic expectations.